By V. A. Stuart
The sepoys, local squaddies serving within the British military, are massing in line with a prophecy predicting the top of the reign of the British East India corporation. Alexander Sheridan—in command of a scratch cavalry strength of civilian volunteers, unemployed officials and dependable Indian squaddies stands opposed to atrocities on each side of the clash, judging all by way of their advantage instead of by way of the colour in their epidermis or the main points in their faith.
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This evening we’re to be a party of nineteen or twenty, I’m not sure which, and Sir Henry informed me an hour ago! However”—he smiled, his good-looking young face losing its habitual gravity for a moment—“the ladies of the garrison are very good. ” Alex was conscious of a feeling of keen disappointment at this final item of news. With the limited time at his disposal, he had hoped for the opportunity of an hour or so in private with his old chief, but this, he thought glumly, would hardly be possible if Sir Henry were occupied in playing host to a large party of dinner guests.
They cannot disarm the native troops in their garrisons— their very lives depend on keeping their men pacified. It is my considered view that were news to reach these isolated stations that, here in Lucknow, we had disbanded our native regiments, • 38 • The Sepoy Mutiny nothing is more certain than that every sepoy in the Province would rise in open and murderous revolt. The alternative, which is to bring in the officers and their families, is at once impossible and unthinkable at the present time.
Besides, he is very old and he has everything to lose. For his sons, however, it is a different matter—they are aware that his pension and his title will die with him. Theirs are the letters I shall give you and, if the evidence of conspiracy they contain fails to convince General Hewitt, it may jolt Brigadier-General Graves. My secretary, • 49 • The Sepoy Mutiny George Cooper, has them ready for you—copies, of course, for I dare not part with the originals in case Lord Canning requires to see them.